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WORLD WAR II // 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

From newspapers of Sept. 12, 1945: Gen. Hideki Tojo, Japan's premier at the time of Pearl Harbor, attempts to commit suicide to avoid arrest by American troops. Two U.S. Army officers and New York Times reporter George Jones run into Tojo's home when they hear a shot. "I found Tojo still standing but wavering, smoke curling from his automatic," Jones writes. "He did not say a word . . . Tojo looked at us and then the gun dropped from his hand and clattered to the floor. His knees buckled and he sank into an easy chair. Welling streams of blood spread over his white shirt front." Tojo's chances of survival are put at 50-50. The U.S. Army allows reporters to tour the atomic bomb testing range in New Mexico. William Laurence of the New York Times writes that radiation meter readings at the range refute "Japanese propaganda that radiations were responsible for deaths even after the day of the explosion, Aug. 6, and that persons entering Hiroshima had contracted mysterious maladies due to persistent radioactivity."

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